Its important to detect the early signs of an eating disorder because they are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. They are not just a “fad” or a “phase.” People do not just turn to it as a solution to their poor body image. They are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.
Here are three early signs of an eating disorder:
Constant or repetitive dieting (e.g. counting calories/kilojoules, skipping meals, fasting, avoidance of certain food groups or types such as meat or dairy, replacing meals with fluids)
Evidence of binge eating (e.g. disappearance of large amounts of food from the cupboard or fridge, lolly wrappers appearing in bin, hoarding of food in preparation for bingeing)
Evidence of vomiting or laxative abuse (e.g. frequent trips to the bathroom during or shortly after meals)